Theatre Arts

Graduate Degree Program Summary

Graduate programs offered

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Areas of Study

These informal areas of focus may help to shape your course of study but they will not appear on transcripts.

  • Stage Design

Online and Distance Opportunities

Some online coursework may be available for your program; contact dept. for details.

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Theatre Arts

Graduate Chair
Dr. William Grange

Campus Address
215 Temple Building
Lincoln NE 68588-0201

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Application checklist and deadlines

1. Required by Graduate Studies

2. Required by Theatre Arts

  • Entrance exam(s): None
  • Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 79, IELTS 6.5
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Audition or interview
  • Portfolio
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter

When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, our institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.

Application Deadlines for Theatre Arts
  • Stage Design: Accepting applications annually.
  • For financial consideration: March 10 for Fall.

Application/admission is for entry in a specific term and year. Our academic year is divided into 3 terms: Fall (August-December), Spring (January-May), and Summer (multiple sessions May-August). Some programs accept new students only in certain terms and/or years.


The Master of Fine Arts in theatre arts is a three-year program offering an area of emphasis in design/stage technology.

All graduate programs combine academic depth with professional training to prepare students for success in theatre. Students admitted to the program are selected through University/Resident Theatre Association (URTA) auditions and through on-campus interview and portfolio presentation. Students interested in the design/technical emphasis should be able to provide evidence of drawing ability and/or technical skills.

Graduate courses are offered in the disciplines of dramatic analysis, theatre history, directing, film, production, and design. Theatre classes and productions are held in the Temple Building, which contains the Howell Theatre, Studio Theatre, and Lab Theatre. Teaching assistantships are available for selected students.

Courses and More

Faculty and research

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Ian Borden

Theatre Studies; Acting; Directing; Stage Combat

Wesley Broulik

Performance and Directing

Mitch Critel

Technical Direction

Richard Endacott

Film and New Media Production; Screenwriting

William Grange

Theatre and Film History

Steve Kolbe

Animation; Film; New Media Production

Shirley Mason

Acting, Voice, and Shakespeare ClassesEmeritus

Tice Miller

History; Dramatic Literature; CriticismEmeritus

Laurel Shoemaker

Lighting; Scenic Design

Virginia Smith

Directing; Acting

Janice Stauffer

Costume Design

Paul Steger

Acting; Directing; Stage Combat

Sharon Teo

Film and New Media Production; Directing; Postproduction

Sandy Veneziano

Scene and Production Design; Film and TVGraduate Faculty Associate

This summary page is maintained by Graduate Studies.
For additional details check out the dept./program website: Theatre Arts.

Departments: Have an update for this summary? Contact Kurt Mueller.